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Bol d’Or: 1 Biker Rest Area Cancelled Due To Police Action

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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The Relais Motard Calmos, organized by the French Association of Angry Bikers (FFMC Open link in a new window) is an institution for motorcycle riders. Organized before and after big motorcycle events (like the French MotoGP, Superbike, etc), the main reason they are strategically placed alongside the main road arteries on which bikers go to attend the event, is for safety reasons.

France can be crossed in a day on a motorcycle, so many bikers go and attend these big motorcycle sports events. And as we all know, after several of hours riding, you get tired, and you need to rest. The Relais Calmos have been set up to give the biker a chance to not only rest, eat and drink, but also to look after the bike. Thousands of bikers stop at these Relais Calmos on their way (see related articles below).

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The French government had decided last year to stop subsidizing these biker rest areas, despite the fact that the government keeps making false claims of working on safety issues. But this hasn't stopped the FFMC from going ahead with less financial means, and running these rest areas.

For the upcoming Bol d'Or Open link in a new window 24 hour endurance race, there were supposed to be 3 Relais Calmos operating. But one has cancelled, so now there are only 2.

The Relais Calmos that cancelled was that of the French "departement" (state) #45, located on the A77 autoroute. The reason? Last year, during the same event, the police force visited the area in force, demanding papers, alcohol tests, checking mechanical issues on the motorcycles, and generally making a nuisance of themselves.

This year the organizers asked the police if they were going to repeat last year's police actions, and they answered that they would. So, the local FFMC cancelled the biker stop.

Now the French government and the law enforcement have made it more dangerous. Of course if accidents happen while bikers are heading towards the Bol d'Or, they'll blame the bikers, not themselves.

It's just getting more and more ridiculous with these politicians. They're suffering from major CRICranial Rectal Inversion - he's got his head up his ass.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2010 - France: A Closer Look At A Relais Calmos - Motorcycle Rest Place

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A closer look at one motorcycle rest place, the "Relais Motard Calmos" put in place for the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race.

It was a small one, but between 500 and 1,000 bikers were expected on Saturday alone. Paid for my the French government, the rest area is a great place to meet up, repair your bike, inflate tires, drink coffee, eat, and all that for free!
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - France: Government Withdraws From Motorcycle Rest Stops

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The French government, like all governments, speaks with two (at least) tongues.....

On one side they are reprimanding motorcycle riders for not being safe, and on the other, they have withdrawn their financial support for the motorcycle rests tops (Relais Motard Calmos) at the big motorcycle events. In other words, give us your money because you are not safe, but keep riding without stopping, and kill yourselves.

Is there any government out there that does a proper job?


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